Enough time has passed to gain perspective on what contributed to the current economic troubles, so here are some books that offer explanations of what went wrong as well as suggestions on how to help prevent it from happening again.
All the Devils are Here: the hidden history of the financial crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Noccera
Freefall: America, free markets, and the sinking of the world economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz
Past Due: the end of easy money and the renewal of the American economy by Peter S. Goldman
The Big Short: inside the doomsday machine by Michael Lewis